FULL-TIME: The Seattle Sounders became the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League, dispatching Pumas UNAM 3-0 in the final on Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd of 68,741. The Sounders got two goals from Raúl Ruidíaz and one goal by Nicolás Lodeiro.
SOUNDERS 3, PUMAS 0: Nicolás Lodeiro put the final touches on a dominant performance putting away a Jordan Morris shot that had come off the far post.
SOUNDERS 2, PUMAS 0: Raúl Ruidíaz grabbed his second goal, finishing off a wonderfully worked sequence with Nicolás Lodeiro delivering the final ball.
SOUNDERS 1, PUMAS 0: In a half where seemingly nothing went right for the Sounders, they were the ones to catch the first big break. After Albert Rusnák picked up a deflected free kick, he sliced into the box and sent in a cross that was deftly controlled by Xavier Arreaga who tapped it back to Raúl Ruidíaz. Ruidíaz’s shot hit off the arm of a Pumas defender and into the the goal for a first-half lead.
SOUNDERS LOSE TWO PLAYERS TO INJURY: The Sounders were forced to make two substitutes inside the first 30 minutes. First Nouhou went down with a quad injury around the 10th minute and was replaced by Kelyn Rowe. Then in the 28th minute, João Paulo was subbed off with a right knee injury and replaced by Obed Vargas.
By now you’re well-versed in what’s at stake and all the storylines around tonight’s absolutely massive Concacaf Champions League final. But here are the basics, in case you’ve forgotten:
- The aggregate score is tied 2-2 after the Sounders went to Mexico City last week and earned a tie on two second-half penalties.
- There is no away-goals tiebreaker, so the winner of tonight’s game takes home the trophy. Simple as that.
- Should the game be tied at the end of regulation, there will be extra time, followed by kicks from the spot if necessary.
- The Sounders have basically a full-strength squad, while Pumas are likely missing starting right back Alan Mozo.
- Juan Ignacio Dinenno has been a beast for Pumas, scoring nine goals in seven CCL games. Watch out for that guy.
- There’s going to be a sellout crowd of 68,000-plus in attendance, setting a CCL record.
- This is the eighth time the Sounders have hosted a literal cup final, the first four of which were during the A-League/USL-era. The Sounders are 6-0-1 (and they won the tie in a penalty shootout) in those games.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Leo Chú
QUESTIONABLE: Alan Mozo (knee sprain)
REF: Said Martinez (Honduras); AR1: Walter Lopez (Honduras); AR2: Raymundo Feliz (Dominican Republic); 4th: Jose Torres (Puerto Rico); VAR: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica); AVAR: Selvin Brown (Honduras).
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Wednesday, 7:06 PM Pacific
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
National English TV: FS1 (Strong, Holden)
Local Radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish TV: UniMas, TUDN
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
This is Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas UNAM for Concacaf Champions League glory; watch with us
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